This Ghana based health technology startup, BetterHealth Laboratories, seeks to build and operate a chain of Diagnostics Care centres via their Retail Diagnostics Model and 3rd Party Diagnostics Care Network. This past Saturday they invited all patients and the general public to their first of many Free Health Screenings at their flagship location in the East-Legon municipality of Accra- Ghana where they were tested and consulted on the results. The health screening saw participation from 100+ members of the community who were tested and counselled on malaria, diabetes, blood pressure and BMI.
Operationalized in 2020 and licensed a few months after, BetterHealth Laboratories seeks to address the surging demand for testing across Africa which has been met with an underwhelming response, resulting in a lack of well-equipped diagnostics centres. BetterHealth Labs is addressing this testing gap by building and operating Modern Diagnostics Centres, starting with its Flagship location which has been licensed by Ghana’s HeFRA and is now open to the public in Accra-Ghana.
As BetterHealth seeks to build out its suite of imaging services at their flagship location, it has tapped former Bank of America Executive Todd G Holcombe as a board member and Senior Adviser for International Business and Expansion. ‘’ I was present at the health screening to check my vitals and be sure that I was in good health. The enthusiasm and immense positive reaction from the community really goes to validate the business model that the founding team is building. I look forward to supporting and advising them on this impactful journey’’ Todd says.
With well-grounded experience in the UK health space, Co-founder and COO Rachel Poku, a Healthtech Executive shared her excitement on the startup’s prospects and journey – ’’We are excited to work with our partners BIMA Ghana and Dixxons Groups (numerous 3rd party partnerships discussions are ongoing) as we seek to build and scale our diagnostics business across Ghana and the continent. We are committed to providing exceptional personalised care for our patients who trust us for all their preventative care needs. In the past few weeks, we have had very fruitful conversations with health facilities who are eager to have us operate and fully manage their in-house laboratories and we look forward to raising the right capital to finance these partnerships’’.
BetterHealth Laboratories is currently raising a pre-seed/seed round to beef up its imaging services and offerings at its Flagship location in Accra. All inquiries should be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Holy Child alumni illuminate the path forward amidst national school power crisis
In recent times, the narrative of power challenges in Ghanaian schools has escalated, with numerous public institutions such as Mfantsipim School, Accra Academy, and Mondo Senior High Technical School among others facing abrupt electricity disconnections.
This persistent issue highlights the dire need for sustainable solutions in powering educational facilities, crucial for maintaining the quality of education.
Stepping into the spotlight with a pioneering initiative, the 1999 alumni of Holy Child School have set a remarkable precedent.
In a bid to combat these electricity woes, these visionary women have successfully funded the transition of their alma mater to 75% solar energy. This initiative not only addresses the immediate problem of power outages and financial strains on the school’s budget but also serves as a beacon of climate-positive action with the potential for carbon credit benefits.
Founded in 1946 by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, Holy Child School has long stood as a bastion of educational excellence and societal impact in Ghana. Its alumni include distinguished personalities such as Ghana’s Ambassador to France, Anna Bossman; Goldman Sachs Vice President, Sabina Dankwah; and University of Ghana’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Nana Aba Amfo, to name a few.
The Solar Project
This solar project, a gift from the 1999 alumni commemorating their 25th anniversary and coinciding with the school’s 78th speech and prize-giving day, symbolizes a profound act of giving back and forward.
In an exclusive interview with the Business and Financial Times, engineer Ing. Mrs. Sheila Enyonam Akyea, president of the year group, shared: “This project builds on the foundation laid by our predecessors. We’re thrilled to extend their initial contribution, ensuring every corner of our school benefits. It’s our way of ensuring current and future students receive the same level of empowerment and opportunity we had.”
Project’s Committee Chair Ing. Mrs. Teresa Kyei-Mensah, mentioned the substantial investment the solar installation demands, emphasizing ongoing fundraising efforts.
she said: “Once completed, the initiative promises significant savings for the school and, by extension, the Ghana Education Service, redirecting funds towards essential educational resources,” she added.
Solar power, increasingly recognized for its affordability and environmental benefits, stands as a viable solution for Ghana’s educational sector and its broader climate goals. With abundant sunshine year-round, Ghana is ideally positioned to harness solar energy, reducing the financial burden on public resources while contributing to global carbon reduction efforts.
The project was completed in January 2024 after a 1-month testing phase. The year group eagerly anticipate the handover ceremony at the 78th Speech and Prize-Giving Day of Holy Child School in Cape Coast on Saturday, 9th March 2024 marking a significant milestone in their commitment to sustainable development and quality education in Ghana.
This initiative not only lights the way for other schools grappling with similar challenges but also underscores the powerful impact of alumni engagement in shaping a brighter future for the next generation.